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, one of the critical swing states for president obama and mitt romney. both candidates held rallies in the commonwealth today. northern virginia bureau chief julie carey spoke to romney in springfield. but we begin with steve handelsman on capitol hill. >> reporter: this was not only in our backyard, it was something unusual, nearly simultaneous rallies by these presidential candidates in the same state. but they looked so much different. president obama's massive and raucous, the one mitt romney staged just south of the beltway, the one i attended, much more laid back, much smaller. some of the romney supporters said they wanted more passion. ten miles from the pentagon, in springfield, virginia, mitt romney spoke to veterans, blaming president obama for the agreement with republicans to slash defense spending if there's no budget deal by january 1st. >> the idea of cutting our military commitment by $1 trillion over this decade is unthinkable. and devastating. >> reporter: romney's polls in this battleground state looked potentially devastating. he's trailing by 3% to 7%. romney b
university, mitt romney is in toledo. steve handelsman has news that romney got from ohio today. >> reporter: terrible news for mitt romney and his republicans. no republican has ever won the white house, none, ever, without winning the state of ohio. romney was doing pretty well there, behind by less than 1 percentage point earlier this month. but in the latest ohio poll, romney trails by ten. he's wrapping up his bus tour of ohio, a blue collar state that's must-win for mitt romney. >> there's dignity and honor and meaning in good hard work. >> reporter: but despite romney's work here, many visits, ohio may be moving out of reach. even with the help today of ohio native jack nicklaus who says he's laid off workers from his gulf business. >> we can't afford for mour years like the last four years. i know i sure can't. >> reporter: romney can't afford more polls like today. after he was caught on tape d disparaging the 47% of americans who said feel like victims. "the new york times" cbs poll finds romney trailing president obama. by 12 points in pennsylvania, by 9 points in florida, trailin
and healthy. female vo: moms like christie would be stretched even more under mitt romney. to fund his tax cuts for millionaires, romney could take away middle class deductions for child care, home mortgages, and college tuition. christie: mitt romney, he's so focused on big business and tax cuts for the wealthy... it seems like his answers to middle-class america are just...tough...tough luck. [ mitt romney ] there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it... and they will vote for this president no matter what... and so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. >> you thought the lines were bad, but now the food got expensive at d.c. food trucks. starting today you pay an extra 10%. laura evans has the story tonight. >> reporter: the food truck cr
obama and mitt romney go head-to-head in virginia today. in springfield governor romney criticized the defense on defense cuts. today he talked about specific alternatives. >> yeah, julie carey joins us to tell us about that. >> for many virginians with military ties, the president is also their commander in chief. governor mitt romney and president barack obama tried to make the case they would best look out for the interests of veterans and those on active duty. in an american legion hag not far from the pentagon, mitt romney directed a war of words at president obama. faulting him for the budget deal on capitol hill that will lead to deep defense cuts. and could cost virginia up to 200,000 defense jobs. >> when i become president of the united states, we will stop it. i will not cut our commitment to our military. >> reporter: but even some romney supporters have urged him to provide more specifics about how he'll cut trillions and keep defense spending intact. he starts by scaling back health care reform. >> there are other programs that some people like, i even like that we're
tickets to the debate where president obama and mitt romney will debate domestic policy issues. the debate is set for wednesday night at 9:00 p.m., and today the president will go to nevada for campaign rallies and debeat prep. then he will visit virginia on friday. president obama is scheduled to speak at a grass roots campaign event in fair fax county. so far no details on where or what time the president will appear. the latest polls show him with a lead over mitt romney in virginia. >> mitt romney will spend today preparing for wednesday's debate. he is expected to appear tomorrow and will stay in the city until after the debate. analyst say wednesday is his best chance to help change the polls. romney is running out of time, david gregory joined us onset, and he says wednesday's debate may be romney's only chance to do just that. >> they represent the last big moment to reach sen tens of millions of people at one time. i think it is a last chance to turn the debate around and the campaign around. if they're in a cycle where they're just reacting to events and looking for an angle, it
in the spotlight as mitt romney and president obama try to sway voters today in the critical battleground state. >>> plus, trying to avoid a repeat of the monday night mess, the deal that gets the nfl's referees back on the field. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. we're waking up to some rain, but it was nothing like last night. this was the view from chopper 4 as thunderstorms moved through part of our region last night. we're going to find out whether or not we're going to have any more storms today. >> somehow i sleep through this stuff completely. >> that's what i was going to say. >> you said whoo like you definitely meant it. >> i had no clue. other than the fact that you told me yesterday. >> i showed you cooper in the closet. >> doesn't quite amount to lightning, but okay. calmer today maybe? >> a little calmer today. for most of the day it's going to be calm. but out there this morning, we've got the big puddles, the small puddles. some areas don't have any puddles at all. adams morgan at 67. we've got 65 in springfield, and potomac, virginia, right now
is running out. mitt romney was not satisfied with the president's words or his record. >> we believe there is still time and space to do so, but that time is not unlimited. make no mistake, a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> is iran closer to a nuclear weapon or not? we know the answer. it's closer to a nuclear weapon. >> the president said that the u.s. will be relentless in tracking down those responsible for the attack in libya. >> a new washington post poll shows mitt romney has some work to do in battleground states. in ohio, the president has an eight int lead. in florida his lead is four points. both candidates will be campaigning on thursday in virginia. romney will be in springfield, the president will speak at the virginia beach farm bureau. >> ann romney campaigned on the tonight show with jay leno. it's her first late night talk show appearance. she and jay shared a few laughs and then got more serious when asked about her husband possibly becoming the first mormon president. >> i love the fact that we have the first african-american preside
after the hour. president obama and mitt romney focusing on two battleground states this week, ohio and virginia. both candidates will campaign today in ohio. romney will continue his bus tour in columbus and toledo. the president will speak at two ohio colleges, bowling green and kent state. romney will be in our area tomorrow with an event at american legion post in springfield. and president obama will be in virginia beach. >>> the supreme court agreed to take up a drunk driving case to decide whether police can force suspected offenders into a blood test without a search warrant. it ces as a man in missouri failed a drunk driving test and refused to take a breth liathal. the police drove him to the hospital for a blood test without getting a search warrant. >>> today pepco is expected to vote on a contract proposal for some of its workers. if the deal is rejected, union workers could go on strike. in the meantime, the d.c. public service commission will vote on a potential rate hike today. last night dozens of customers upset about the possible hike staged a protest at pepco hea
okay. firefighters are still trying to figure out what caused the fire. >>> mitt romney trying to make up ground in key battleground states. he'll launch a bus tour through ohio and virginia. recent polls show the republican presidential nominee trailing president obama in both states. romney will begin the day in another state in colorado. he'll campaign in pueblo, colorado. romney held this rally yesterday in denver, which will host the first presidential debate next week. this ad starts airing today in ohio. the obama campaign is launching it, and it criticizes mitt romney over his comments about americans who don't pay income tax. the ad suggests romney come clean about the taxes he's paid in the past. it's a clear indication the obama campaign will make his republican opponent's finances a key issue in the coming weeks. >>> today the maryland public service commission will hold a hearing about a policy that allows utility companies to bill customers during the first 24 hours of a power outage. the commission is examining whether utilities should be banned from collecting the money
's election. he leads mitt romney in new hampshire. that's according to the latest nbc news/marist poll. he also has a 2% lead in nevada and north carolina. that's within the poll's margin of error, which is 3.1%. >>> president obama and mitt romney expected to call benjamin netanyahu today, who is in the united states right now. the president has been criticized for not meeting with the israeli prime minister. yesterday secretary of state hillary clinton sat down with him, though, in new york. >>> mitt romney will focus on fund-raising tonight. he hopes to bring in $7.5 million for his campaign at two events in the boston area. romney spent yesterday campaigning in northern virginia. he met with veterans and their families in springfield. romney trails the president in virginia in recent polls. he hopes next week's first presidential debate will give him some momentum going forward. >> you don't have a great opportunity with debates to talk about my vision, vision for the country. the president will talk about his. those who believe we want bigger government, more intrusive government, tri
is one less voter that mitt romney can win over. steve handelsman is on capitol hill with the latest on this. steve? >> reporter: wendy, thanks. early voting, the official election day is november 6th, but that's actually really the last day you can vote. >> today is election day. >> reporter: in iowa today, michelle obama kicked off what she hopes becomes a stampede. >> are you fired up? are youeady to vote? are you going to go vote right now? >> reporter: the first lady sent voters to a satellite voting site across the street. so they could cast ballots on the spot. early voting started yesterday in this battleground state, and the turnout is breaking records. >> this is well over double what we did four years ago. >> reporter: most of these early voters say they're voting obama. >> well, i think it's because we're all excited and the romney people just aren't that excited. >> reporter: mitt romney trails in iowa polls and in the rest of the swing states where this election will be decided. >> 110 electoral votes all total in the nine battleground states. we'll see, look, romney ne
to be winning where it matters most. aittle more than five weeks before the election, he leads mitt romney by two percentage points among likely voters nationwide. that's according to the latest washington post/abc news poll. the president leads his republican rival by 11 points among likely voters in swing states. that includes virginia, ohio, and florida. the president is taking a break from campaigning today to prepare for the first presidential debate on wednesday in denver. he's prepping in nevada, where he held this rally last night. he told supporters there in las vegas he hopes the debate serves as a conversation about what needs to be done to keep the country growing. the president will return to the campaign trail later this week. he is scheduled to visit fairfax county on friday. >>> mitt romney heads to denver today. the republican presidential nominee will hold a rally there this evening as he prepares for wednesday's debate. his campaign is hoping the debate gives romney a much needed boost given recent polls. new jersey governor chris christie calls it, quote, the restart of
, a crucial battleground state may be slipping away from mitt romney. no republican has ever won the white house without winning ohio. in the latest "new york times" cbs poll, romney is trailing the president there by ten points. earlier this month, they were in a virtual dead heat. that was before video surfaced showing romney making disparaging comments about 47% of americans that don't pay federal income tax. >>> both men are concentrating on ohio campaigning about 100 miles apart. mitt romney is in a rally in toledo. president obama at kent state. neither one passing up a chance to take a jab at the other. president obama misspoke and turned a blunder into a swipe. >> i want to see us export more jobs -- export more products, excuse me. i was channeling my opponent there for a second. >> you know, the president just other day said that you can't change washington from the inside. you can only change it from the outside. well, we're going to give him that chance on november 6th. >> both candidates head to virginia tomorrow. romney is campaigning at the american legion post in springfiel
with victories in 21 states and washington, d.c. mitt romney would win 23 states, which would net him 206 electoral votes. to win, the republican presidential nominee would have to win six swing states, which are still up for grabs. he'd also need president obama to lose in ohio or iowa. the ap has him winning both states right now. also right now, president obama is in nevada preparing for wednesday night's first debate. senator john kerry is playing the role of mitt romney in the debate preps. the president many ka pacampaig night in las vegas. he asked supporters at this virginia high school to keep believing in him. the president does not have any events scheduled for today so he can focus on preparing for wednesday night. mitt romney is hoping the debate gives the presidential nominee a much needed boost. a supporter calls wednesday night the restart of this campaign. romney will hold a rally tonight in denver where the debate will take place. >>> nationals get another shot to clinch a division title today. this time they'll be able to do it in front of the d.c. faithful. the nats co
will run through virginia tomorrow. president obama will visit virginia beach tomorrow morning. mitt romney will be in our area. he has a rally planned at american legion post 176 in springfield. tomorrow's events come two days after vice president joe biden held a campaign event in chesterfield county, virginia. >>> today both candidates will be in another battleground state, ohio. mitt romney will continue his bus tour through the buckeye state. the president will speak at two ohio colleges, bowling green university and kent state. the latest poll shows obama with a sizable lead in ohio. he leads by eight points among likely voters. the president holds a smaller lead in the key state of florida. he's ahead by four points among likely voters and nine points by registered voters. romney's campaign is downplaying these numbers. they say they trust their own polling. >>> this morning an expected vote on a potential rate hike for pepco. last night dozens of customers upset about the possible hike staged a protest at headquarters in downtown d.c. if approved, the plan would increase bills by $5
. >>> at 4:33, the race for president runs through ohio today. president obama and mitt romney are campaigning in the buckeye state. romney has to carry ohio if he has any chance of winning in november. no republican has ever lost in ohio and won the presidency. he appears to have ground to make up. the republican presidential nominee trails president obama by eight points in the latest "washington post" poll. he also leads in florida among likely voters. he leads by nine points among registered voters. romney's campaign doesn't seem too fazed by this poll. aides say they're trusting their own polling. >>> the obama campaign continues hammering romney over his 47% comment. >> when mitt rom inney dismisse 47% of americans for not pulling their weight, he dismissed hard working people making $25,000, $35,000 a year. they pay social security. >> this is the second commercial the president is airing that criticizes romney for what he paid in taxes while dismissing the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. >>> ann romney is hoping this will help her husband win over v
romney will once again campaign in virginia today. romney will be in our area. he has an event scheduled at the american legion post 176 in springfield. doors will open at 10:30 this morning. the event starts at 11:50. the president will be in virginia beach where he will hold a rally for about 20,000 supporters. >> both candidates spent yesterday in ohio. the president spoke at two colleges. his republican opponent visited several cities, including cleveland. romney held a town hall meeting there to discuss jobs and the economy. >> you can be extraordinarily eloquent and describe all the wonderful things you can do, but when you cut through the words, you can look at the record, and when you can see policies that have not created the jobs america needs, then you know it's time to choose a new leader. >> look, i don't believe we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims who never take responsibility for their own lives. >> president obama holds a sizable lead over mitt romney in ohio in recent polls. >>> this morning, we're learning about a securit
obama and mitt romney are gearing up for the first debate. they are going to face off in denver on wednesday night and the stakes are high. a good performance can pump up a party's enthusiasm and per sway undecided voters. >> who will pay attention to this and look for something maybe to make them change their mind for people who aren't completely thrilled about their choice. >> both of the guys have been through an awful lot of debates in their careers, they are both pretty good, they'll both be well prepared. >> the primary focus of this week's debate is domestic policy. >> a new poll from the washington post shows president obama leading among swing state voters. 52% of likely voters in battleground states say they would vote for the president if the election were today. 41% say they woo pick mr. romney. those numbers are similar from the washington post polls, in florida, ohio and virginia. >> developing overseas tonight, a grim milestone in the war in afghanistan. the death toll for u.s. troops has now reached 2,000. the most recent deaths came this weekend. two americans k
. >> absolutely. thank you, danella. >>> mitt romney will focus on foreign policy today. he'll speak by phone with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. this comes after netanyahu urged the general assembly to draw a red line to stop iran from having a nuclear weapon. the white house reiterated its commitment to preventing iran from building a nuclear bomb. romney says he stands by yet an ya hue on this issue. romney appears to have ground to make up in states that could make up this year's election. he trails the president in new hampshire. that's according to the latest nbc news/"the wall street journal" marist poll. they're also locked in a tight race in the battleground states of nevada and north carolina. the president leads his republican rival by seven points in new hampshire. he's ahead of north carolina by 2%. that's within the poll's margin of error, which is 3.1%. >>> and romney also trails in recent polls in virginia. the gop presidential nominee met with veterans and their families in springfield. he hopes next week's first presidential debate will give him some momentum goi
in egypt. >>> mitt romney says the president was downplaying the violence when he described the protests as road bumps on the path to peace in the region. >> these are not bumps in the road. these are human lives. these are developments we do not want to see. this is time for the president, who will shape events in the middle east, not just be merciful or be at the mercy of events in the middle east. >> romney will campaign today and tomorrow in ohio. >>> democrats are turning their attention to a different battleground state this week, virginia. vice president joe biden will campaign in the commonwealth today. he'll be in chesterfield county right outside richmond. president obama will visit virginia beach on thursday. he holds a slight lead over mitt romney in most recent polls in virginia. >>> 5:04. a fauquier county high school is remembering a popular student-athlete killed in a car crash on his way to school. family and friends held a roadside vigil for 16-year-old ian heflin last night. he died yesterday morning when the car he was riding in slammed into a tree. his 14-year-old si
and eun, back over to you. >>> mitt romney begins a crucial bus tour. the republican presidential nominee will spend the next three days in the states of ohio and virginia. romney met with supporters last night in another key state, colorado. this rally was in denver, which will hold the first presidential debate next week. he and president obama appeared separately on cnbc' "60 minutes" last night. romney clarified his comments about the 47% of americans who pay no income tax. >> i do a very good campaign. it's doing a good job, but not everything i say is perfect. i want to make it clear. i want to help 100% of americans. >> donors want to know, how do you turn this around? >> we don't need a turnaround. we have a campaign that's tied with the incumbent president of the united states. >> are you going to win this thing? >> i am going to win this thing. >> and president obama defending himself against mitt romney's criticism that the country is worse off now than when he took office four years ago. he told "60 minutes" steve croft the economy is on the road to recovery. >> we have 40 mil
ahead to next week's first presidential debate. will it be make or break for mitt romney? we've got our political dream team of brokaw, gregory and todd all here to weigh in this morning. >>> all right. and then on thursday you'll remember david goggins kicked off his "guinness world record" attempts to do most powellups in 24 hours. well, there's been a significant develop overnight, and we will talk to david about it coming up. >>> but we want to begin with that deadly shooting at a business in minneapolis. nbc's kevin tibbles is there. kevin, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, witnesses say the alleged 36-year-old shooter may have been fired from his job here at the accent sign company behind me yesterday morning. it turned an afternoon very tragic when he opened fire on fellow employees. by the time he was done, five were dead, including the shooter himself, who turned the gun on himself. a woman living near this sign company late thursday afternoon says one worker took shelter in her home for about 30 minutes. >> he came running up the side of the front, the garage and ask
. >>> four minutes after the hour. mitt romney is hoping a bus tour gets his presidential campaign back on track. the republican presidential nominee will visit ohio and virginia on the tour. both states are key to his white house hopes. romney campaigned in another battleground state yesterday, colorado. romney has slipped in recent polls. he trails president obama in colorado, iowa, and wisconsin. in the latest nbc news/wall street journal/marist poll. >>> today president obama will travel to new york city to take part in the week long general assembly of the united nations. he is one of more than 100 heads of state converging on the city. leaders started arriving yesterday, including iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad. iran's nuclear ambitions are expected to be one of the hot topics of the week long meeting. the rise of al qaeda in west africa and the problems in syria will also be discussed. president obama plans to speak before the assembly tomorrow. >>> and secretary of state hillary clinton will be spending her time between the u.n. and the annual meeting of the clinton globa
romney is criticizing the president for referring to that violence as, quote, bumps in the road on the path to peace. suggesting the president is downplaying the crisis. >>> meanwhile, romney is campaigning in ohio today and tomorrow. his bus tour through the buckeye state will focus on energy and trade. romney spent yesterday in another battleground state, colorado. ohio may be key to his white house hopes. no republican has lost there and won that election. he'll campaign alongside running mate paul ryan in ohio. >>> joe biden is in virginia today. and president obama will visit virginia beach on thursday. the only states visited more are florida and ohio. >>> a student-athlete in fauquier county is being remembered this morning after being killed on his way to l skoo. family and friends held a roadside vigil for 16-year-old ian heflin last night. he died when his car slammed into a tree. his 14-year-old sister was also seriously injured. the 17-year-old driver was not hurt and has not been identified. all three were on their way to liberty high school in bealeton. friends hop
romney will be in springfield at american legion post 176. president obama is holding the rally in virginia beach. recent polls show the president with a slight lead in virginia. president obama is criticizing his republican rival for his recent anger over u.s. jobs being shipped to china. mitt romney has called china a currency manipulator. mr. obama says his newfound outrage isn't credible. he's also accusing the gop presidential nominee of profiting from companies that shipped jobs to china. >>> and mitt romney says massachusetts' health care law is proof he understands ordinary americans. he told supporters in ohio yesterday that he got everyone in massachusetts insured when he was that state's governor. romney doesn't discuss his health care law much on the campaign trail because president obama says he used it as the basis for his own federal health care law. romney says he'll repeal what republicans call obama care if he becomes president. >>> the virginia attorney general approved a plan to impose stricter standards on abortion clinics. the state board approved the regul
's live shot. we'll try to get back to her. >>> now to decision 2012, and mitt romney will focus on foreign policy. he'll speak by phone with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. president obama is not meeting with the prime minister during his trip to the u.s., but secretary of state hillary clinton did sit down with him yesterday. also yesterday, netanyahu urged the u.n. general assembly to draw a red line to stop iran from developing a nuclear weapon. he warned the world may only have until next summer to stop iran. the white house reiterated its commitment to stop iran from building a nuclear bomb. he says he stands behind netanyahu on this issue. romney hopes to focus on fund-raising tonight and bring in $7.5 million during events in the boston area. he spent last night campaigning in northern virginia. he met with veterans and their families in springfield. romney trails the president in virginia in recent polls. he hopes next week's first presidential debate will give him some momentum going forward. >> you don't have an opportunity with debates to talk about my vision with
, the president called the recent uprising a bump in the road. during a campaign stop yesterday, mitt romney criticized the president's assessment. >> i think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy and universal rights. but i was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road. >> egypt has elected a muslim brotherhood person as president. i don't consider these bumps in the road. >> the white house called romney's criticism desperate. the obama campaign also released a new ad today attacking romney for not releasing more of his tax returns. >>> some people in virginia have already made their choice for the next president. absentee voting is under way in the commonwealth. people come out today in fairfax county to cast their ballots. this is the earliest people have ever been able to vote in a presidential election. >> some unexpected advice from donald trump to students at liberty university. that's the conservative, bible-based school down in lynchburg, virginia. trump told thousands of stunts to get ev
that could decide this election. he leads mitt romney by two percentage points among likely voters nationwide. according to the latest "washington post"/abc news poll. the president leads his republican rival by 11 points among likely voters in swing states. that includes virginia, ohio, and florida. both candidates will spend the next couple of days preparing for their first debate. it takes place wednesday night in november. the president is getting ready in nevada. romney is already in denver. >>> and vp candidate paul ryan will prepare for his debate in virginia as well. the republican congressman will hold a three-day camp starting on wednesday. it is still unknown where he'll be exactly in the state for his debate prep. as for vice president joe biden, he's using maryland representative chris van holland to stand in as ryan. the vp debate is set for october 11th in kentucky. >>> today the supreme court's new session begins. the nine justices will rule on several key cases, including where race should be a factor in college admissions. the court will also decide whether to curtail parts
politics. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in virginia today as romney looks to repair the damage from that 47% comment that was recorded at a fundraiser. peter alexander is with the romney camp in springfield this morning. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. when it comes to the battlegrounds, there are three, florida, ohio, and virginia, both mitt romney and the president held dueling events in ohio on wednesday. today, they are both here in virginia. another state where romney is trailing in the polls. >> reporter: campaigning in ohio wednesday, both president obama and mitt romney were keenly aware of the buckeye state's place in history. no republican has won the white house without it. romney went out of his way to show his compassionate side greeting world war ii veterans and courting working class families. >> these are tough times even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: it's a delivered effort, analysts say, with a tv ad designed to sh
'm just okay. >> but romney backer chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night the first night of this campaign. >> will this be a game-changer in the election? >>> and "i'm not perfect." arnold schwarzenegger about his marriage, his affairs and the child he fathered with his house keeper. >> i inflicted pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> he prepares to release his tell-all memoir today, monday, october 1, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. >>> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in eastern afghanistan overnight. >> they were targeting a military patrol in a crowded market. as we said, at least 14 people were killed, 3 americans among the dead. dozens were wounded. this comes one day after the u.s. military death toll in the war reached 2,000. we're going to get a live report, straight ahead. >>> also coming up, a
romney today argued that the violence is more than a bump, it's a crisis and said he would have managed it better. steve handelsman is on capitol hill now with more on this. >> reporter: good evening. running for re-election, president obama is trying to reduce the public perception of a middle east crisis. and a u.s.-israeli controversy. president obama headed to new york where critics are assailing his priorities. he'll address the united nations. but make another cpaign appearance on "the view" like this one in may. instead of meeting one on one with world leaders. no meetings scheduled with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who's angered democrats by publicly demanding a tougher obama stance on iran. on "60 minutes," the president seemed to dismiss netanyahu as noise. >> any pressure that i feel is simply to do what's right for the american people. and i am going to block out any noise that's out there. >> reporter: the white house claimed what the president meant was -- >> his objective is to take every step possible to enhance israel's security. >> reporter: mr. obama had
day for us. >>> let's move to politics now. president obama and mitt romney are fine-tuning their message to voters with the first presidential debate one week away. chuck todd is nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. no swing state has been harder for mitt romney to gain traction in than ohio. it's why he's got this bus trip this week, trying to get it back into play. the president is heading it there today to try to put the state away. it's why they are both there this morning. >> it is time to get the real refs, and you know what, it reminds me of president obama and the economy. if you can't get it right, it's time to get out. >> reporter: barnstorming through ohio, the republican ticket is hoping their bus tour will make up lost ground as more polls show mitt romney trailing president obama in this pivotal swing state. in dayton tuesday romney hammered mr. obama on taxes. >> one idea, i admit, one thing he did not do in his first four years which he said he'll do in the
candidate mitt romney drops by nbc's education nation summit. that's where nbc's peter alexander is this morning. peter, good morning. >> reporter: natalie, good morning to you at the united nations today. president obama will confront unrest in the middle east in the muslim world specifically, warning of what he will call forces that would drive us apart, and while the debates are still eight days away, the differences between these two candidates on foreign policy are now taking center stage. in the must-win battleground of colorado monday, mitt romney previewed his foreign policy arguments against the president. >> he said the developments in the middle east are bumps in the road. yeah, that was my reaction. bumps in the road? we had -- we had an ambassador assassinated. these are not bumps in the road. these are human lives. >> the white house called that assault desperate and offensive. romney was attacking the president's comments on "60 minutes" describing recent unrest in the middle east. >> but i was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going t
over mitt romney. but the president has his eye on other battleground states too as he releases a new two-minute television ad. in it he takes on romney's economic plan and lays out a plan to spur job creation. romney campaigning in virginia where he'll talk to veterans at an american legion post. >>> a new search effort this morning for teamsters leader jimmy hoffa missing since 1975 as police sample soil in suburban detroit. investigators are following up on a tip someone who claimed he saw a man who may have been hoffa being buried in that spot 35 years ago. >> we believe he's credible enough he believes what he saw that something took place that day out of the ordinary. we do not believe it's jimmy hoffa. we are not making that assumption. the time line doesn't exactly add up to be mr. hoffa. but we do believe that he may have seen a body being interred. and as a result of that, we did the ground-penetrating radar that showed an anomaly. >> hoffa was last seen outside a restaurant in suburban detroit. his body has never been found. >>> an army brigadier general has been charged wi
? >> a break from campaign events today for president obama and mitt romney. both candidates are preparing for their first debate tonight at the university of denver. the candidates will debate domestic policy issues. more than 50 million people are expected to tune in many brian mooar is following the candidate's running mates on the campaign trail today. >> day's before the first presidential debate. mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> how are you doing? >> bumps in the road also describes what the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. costly distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget. nothing except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture dependency, about american decline. i can honest letter say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> vice president biden was fight
around he notedly talks about winding down the war. mitt romney didn't even mention it in his convention speech. why does this not seem to be a major interest in a campaign? >> the stakes are so high, lester, as you know being on the ground there. i think there's a couple of reasons. from the republican point of view, they want distance from the bush presidency, particularly the bush foreign policy of engagement in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petreas used, was iraq good enough and now is iraq good enough, safe enough, stable enough so u.s. forces c
affairs. both he and republican rival mitt romney speak at the clinton global initiative's annual meeting today in nearly back-to-back speeches. hot topics for both. the u.s. response to anti-american protests across the muslim world, and we'll have more on this coming up. >>> now let's head to wall street and cnbc's courtney reagan at the new york stock exchange. do tell us more about the global bacon shortage on the way because al is very concerned this morning. he can't function. >> reporter: as are a number of others. this could be very true. if you're a bacon lover, start hoarding it now. according to britain's national pig association, a worldwide shortage of pork and bacon next year is unavoidable. it's a result of the drought that hit much of the country this year which damaged the crops used to feed the pigs, so the group predicts that the number of slaughtered pigs could fall by 10% in the second half of next year, and that could cause prices to double in some areas. natalie? >> start stocking up now. courtney reagan, thanks. >>> what better way to show a little school spirit th
, whispered a campaign aide to mitt romney. >>> a new study showed that the biggest turn-on for 18 to 34 is a sexy text message while the biggest turn-on for older people is people ages 18 to 34. >>> producers of a vice show were surprised when they discovered footage of their janitor masturbating in their offices. said the janitor, "so, any advice?" >>> delta airlines plans to fly dozens of new york rangers fans from queens to newark, new jersey so they can attend their playoff game against the new jersey devils. and it's a pretty cheap flight because there's a two-hour layover in denver. [ laughter ] >>> well, it's almost summertime in new york city which means millions of people will be hitting the streets to see what new york in the summer has to offer. here with some tips on what they should check out is our city correspondent, stephon. [ cheers and applause ] here he is. hey, stefon. >> hi. >> what have you been up to, buddy? >> oh, the things these eyes have seen. >> yeah. now, stefon, the summer means lots of special events. what's a good venue for families looking to get togethe
in the middle east. mitt romney is criticizing the president for referring to that violence as, quote, bumps in the road on the path to peace. the republican presidential nominee is suggesting the president is downplaying the crisis. meanwhile, romney is campaigning today and tomorrow. his bus tour through the buckeye state will focus on energy and trade. romney spent yesterday in another battleground state, ohio. ohio may be key to his strategy. no one has ever lost that state and won the election. >>> vice president joe biden will be in virginia today. he'll be in chesterfield county near richmond. president obama will visit virginia beach on thursday. the commonwealth is one of the hotly contested states this year. the only states the candidates have visited more are florida and ohio, according to "the washington post." >>> egypt is trying to smooth over relations after several attacks on the u.s. embassy in cairo. secretary of state hillary clinton and egyptian president mohamed morsi met last night in the first high level meeting since the attacks. the two discussed the importance of pr
. >> president obama and mitt romney are campaigning hard with only 40 days to go now before election day. they both held rallies just a few hundred miles apart in virginia today. romney appeared at a veterans of foreign wars post in springfield and criticized cuts in military spending. he spoke to news4's julie carrie about what he would do to cut costs. >> slowly through attrition we'll reduce government appliment by 10%. that, again, saves about $47 billion a year. >> romney also emphasized he's running a campaign for all americans. that's a reference to the secret videotape where he claimed 47% of americans who don't pay federal taxes consider themselves victims. president obama released new ads against those remarks and described how he sees those people during a stop in virginia beach 0. >> i see hardworking virginians. i see students trying to work their way through college. >> polls have the president leading in virginia now by up to a 7% margin. >>> thanks to a donation, nationalses fans will not be stranded in southwest d.c. during the team's playoff run. metro has annnced it wi
one of the roughest couple of weeks, mitt romney's campaign is focused on jump starting the defense and economic message with many republicans pressing him to sharpen his tone. looking to restore confidence in his campaign, a defiantly optimistic mitt romney rallied supporters under the lights in denver late sunday >> i need your help. we have got to stand together. we have got to work together. we're taking back america. we must keep this nation the hope of the earth. >> reporter: earlier romney refused to concede he's an underdog in a series of battleground states and accused the president of distorting his positions. >> i'm did not going to try to fool people into making people think things he doesn't. he's trying to fool people to make them believe i think things that i don't. >> reporter: privately romney and the president have been preparing for the debates, the first here in denver next week, but publicly the two campaigns are trying to lower expectations, even complimenting their opponent's debate skills. for his part on "60 minutes" president obama defended his record, whil
. and keep america strong. but mitt romney's budget plan will hurt the middle class. raising taxes on the average family by up to $2000 dollars. while giving a tax break of $250,000 dollars to multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> this week's "wednesday's child" is an extremely bright and engaging 11-year-old who made quite an impression on barbara harrison when she met him. >> she said there's just something special about sur. he's very smart, very polite and just an all-around nice guy. the first time we ran his story, we think the right family just didn't happen to be watching. >> on a recent visit to the national zoo, 11-year-old sur wanted to head straight for the small mammal exhibit. our first stop was the golden lion tam rans, while fascinating to watch, sur, who wants to be a veterinarian some day, really wanted to find his favorite animal of all. so when we saw a zookeeper -- he has a question for you. >> do you have hedg
romney's budget plan will hurt the middle class. raising taxes on the average family by up to $2000 dollars. while giving a tax break of $250,000 dollars to multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> top stories tonight, women in germantown and gaithersburg in montgomery county are warned to take extra precautions. police say a man has been breaking into women's apartments and sexually assaulting them. officials are linking the suspect to other attacks starting more than two years ago. >>> two more high-ranking positions are open in prince george's county schools. the school board fired the district cfo and chief legal counsel for giving severance pay without board approval. tracee wilkins takes a look at the long list of vacancies in that district office. that's coming up at 6:00 tonight. >>> rob sobhani claims his opponents are trying to exclude him from upcoming debates. but today the campaign of democratic senator ben cardin said he
trail this morning as president obama fires off a new tv ad slamming gop candidate mitt romney for not, quote, coming clean about his tax returns while criticizing americans who don't pay income taxes. romney has released just two years of his tax information. this as the presidential debates are just nine days away. >>> a sweeping analysis of the genes behind breast cancer. scientists announced that they have found four major classes. disease. the new finding offers hope for better targeted treatments, possibly putting drugs already on the market to work, including one currently used to fight ovarian cancer. the study was published by the journal "nature." >>> a winning streak went uninterrupted last night at the emmy awards as "modern family" took home the prize for best comedy for the third year in a row. top drama this year went to terrorism thriller "homeland." the show stars claire danes and damian lewis who also took the top acting awards but a strange new record for critically acclaimed "mad men," the show had an unprecedented 17 nominations but zero wins. >>> and it was a phot
move our country forward. work hard. raise families. and keep america strong. but mitt romney's budget plan will hurt the middle class. raising taxes on the average family by up to $2000 dollars. while giving a tax break of $250,000 dollars to multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> 9:57 is your time now on this friday, september 28th, 2012. d.c. police will relaunch the breath alcohol test. d.c. police stopped the program two years ago when a contractor found the machines were not working properly. let's get a check on the forecast with veronica johnson. veronica, good morning. >> thanks. the fog is just about gone. the clouds starting to break. we have a lot of sunshine now. we are at 71 degrees. i think it's going to be easy for us to rise another ten to a high of 81. talk about showers across southern maryland later today. danella? >> canal road westbound, a downed tree. reservoir road and foxhall road in northwest. please use cautio
through time diplomacy, and we believe there is still time and space to do so. >> reporter: mitt romney was in new york saying not enough good jobs in muslim nations leads to radicalization of islam. he promised aid. >> nothing we can do as nation will change lives and more effectively and permanently than sharing the insight that lies at the foundation of america's own economy. >> reporter: it's the u.s. economy that president obama once seen as his main focus. so he broke with previous practice, and this year met with only a few diplomats, and briefly, before heading back to washington. live at the u.n., i'm steve handelsman, news4. >>> the former university of virginia lacrosse player serving 23 years in jail for the murder of his ex-girlfriend is appealing the conviction. george hughley of chevy chase was convicted last month. love was from suburban baltimore and was also a lacrosse player. attorneys for hughley didn't reveal the basis of their appeal this time, but last month the judge rejected several defense claims when hughley was asking for a new trial. >>> a transgendered woma
at balloon high school. nbc's education nation summit wraps up tomorrow. president obama and mitt romney will share their views on education. >>> still to come, two deadly fires in prince george's county that have been -- that could have been avoided. the residents made a mistake that could be happening in your home right now. >>> a musician meltdown. did you see it? it happened on stage this weekend. >>> two deadly fires in prince george's county in the past year have one thing in common, they could have been prevented. >> in both cases, electrical circuit was overloaded, something that could happen in your home, too. liz crenshaw is here with a warning about everyday power strips and extension cords. >> these cases are reminders of how easy it can be to overload a circuit. power strips and extension cords are pushed to the max every day, pulling more power than they can safely handle. what do you have plugged in? this story may just save your life. >> the family was asleep. the father was able to get up. but by the time he was able to get up, the fire had already extended to the stairw
are making their pitches to voters in the battleground state. mitt romney is making a serious push as polls show the republican nominee trails president obama there, this as the first debate is now just one week from today. iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad addresses the united nations general assembly today. on tuesday president obama told the assembly that tehran is running out of time to resolve its disputed nuclear program and vowed the u.s. will do what it must to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. in an interview with the associated press, ahmadinejad called for a new world order. meanwhile, here in new york city, public outrage this morning as the openly anti-israel ahmadinejad addresses the u.n. on this yom kippur, the holiest day on the jewish calendar. >>> it was a bad call, but they are sticking to it, so says the nfl, uniholding that controversial call by replacement referees that gave the seattle seahawks a victory monday night against green bay. the league did acknowledge tuesday that refs should have called an offensive pass interference penalty on seattle's fi
mitt romney will do, quote, extraordinarily well. >>> a deadly shooting has left two people dead and another person injured. police say the shooting broke out as riders from a charity motorcycle event were eating breakfast. the incident is now under investigation. >>> actor and former california governor arnold schwarzenegger admits his affair with the housekeeper was not the only time he was unfaithful to maria shriver. in a "60 minutes" interview, arnold says he had an affair with bridget nielsen while living with shriver before they were married. he said there were others, but that's between him and shriver. arnold says his affair with housekeeper mildred baena was the stupidest thing he ever did to shriver. he doesn't give details about his relationship with baena, only saying he takes care of the boy and the mother. >>> the threat of carmageddon ii is over. the stretch over 405 reopened in time for this morning's rush hour. it had been closed all weekend for a bridge upgrade. any delays could have resulted in huge traffic problems. a similar closure last year also raised fea
their place. and get out the vote effort. in this mitt romney campaign office in arlington, keeping a well-stocked supply is one of this volunteer's duties. >> i think the number of signs we have out there shows just how much support we have from the community. and just how strong our base is right now. and i'm really optimistic looking at all the yard signs around us. >> reporter: even in democratic strong holds where you would expect to see obama signs, there are also romney signs alongside them on many blocks. while romney supporters suggest the signs are indicative of growing support, the obama campaign takes a different view, and has a slightly different philosophy about the importance of yard signs. as they put it, signs don't vote. >> it's the people in our neighborhoods who are going to decide this election. it's not the yard signs. >> reporter: until recently, obama yard signs could be purchased online. so could romney signs. but the republican campaign office has also been handing them out free for months. this obama campaign office got its first batch of 1,500 yard signs to give
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